And here we go....
The KKK is repugnant in its goals, tactics, strategy, and history.
Their right to organize and express their views is expressly protected (not granted, but enumerated and protected) by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.....just like Fallwells, Robertsons, Jacksons, and mine and Fly's.
To deny them the right to participate in a public event due to their political stances and personal beliefs is illegal and would start us down a slippery slope.
Nothing says they can't be picketed.
interesting side story
I actually did some time in the Guard (while going to college) between RA
active tours and we were called upon to separate the Klan from protestors in front of the capital building in downtown Atlanta. We had a guy named Johnson, a black dude, who had a pretty good sense of humor. The Klan somehow got the idea that we were there because we liked them, and they cheered upon our arrival in humvees and deuce and a halves. They were waving their American and Confederate standards and holding up signs....I looked at Johnson and then to my team leader (we were a LRS unit and were going to put up lp/op's to look for crowd organizers, Johnson was in my platoon but not on my team) and without asking for permission I inquired of Johnson whether it might be a good idea to wave back to our adoring fans. He agreed that this was a truly excellent idea and would be good for morale and for public relations. We waited in our covered humvee until the Klansmen were within good visual range of us and all dismounted the vehicle forming an honor guard. Everyone seemed to think we had someone important coming out.....and out came Johnson carrying his M-16 with his maroon beret (we were a jump unit) while the rest of us were wearing kevlars. There was dead silence from the crowd, and Johnson walked to the end of the honor guard line and waved with a no-shit Prince of Wales wave to the Klanners who immediately turned tail and walked away (I guess its tougher to hurl insults at armed soldiers than it is to do so at civilians...all bullies are cowards). IT
was the funniest thing you ever saw in your life. Hosea Williams (civil rights activist) was there and had about been ready to explode when we first started to form up, but waited, as he had been a soldier and recognized that something wierd was happening. The CO
came up just as we were falling into a regular formation to wait and wanted to know whether we had seen the commotion. We told him that people left the area just as we showed up and he reported (gleefully ignorant) that we had quelled a minor disturbance on the south lawn of the capital and were proceeding to deploy.
I say let the bastards talk all they want....lets just get the message out that they are idiots and racists who want nothing good and the public will continue to revile them and turn away from their idiocy.